Evercookie…mmm or hmm

Posted on October 23, 2010

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We all have our favorite cookies, chocolate-chip, macadamia nut (maybe), then there are some cookies that we may not want to have.  Some may know, but others may not about…Super cookie.

Well, don’t worry if you don’t, because you have a heads-up.  If you’re the type of person who does not want advertisers knowing where you go and what your favorite spots on the web are, start preparing because it’s almost time to upgrade with HTML 5, created by Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG).  It’s a web language upgrade that will power our sweet Internet to newer more exciting levels, but users beware.  Cookies planted in your hard drive are files that are altered by sites or users of those sites you visit, and can be used to find you.

Yes, it may sound creepy, but there’s an even stronger cookie called the Evercookie, or Super Cookie if you prefer, created by a programmer from California, Samy Kamkar, in response to advertisers tracking him.  He is widely known for adding more than 1 million friends on MySpace through his 2005 “Samy worm” virus.

Advertisers are constantly looking for ways to hack into our minds.  This type of tracking could be a promising avenue.  Of course, our privacy is at hand, and today privacy is becoming harder and harder to have.  Furthermore, severe consequences have taken place in direct response to people’s privacy being invaded.  It’s long been a right, but now we are losing it.

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